Facebook knew about security flaw a year before huge data hack

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Facebook knew about security flaw a year before huge data hack

Court documents reveal that employees repeatedly warned that disaster was looming, but were ignored

Laurence Dodds

Facebook knew about a huge security flaw that let hackers steal personal data from millions of its users almost one year before the crime, yet failed to fix it in time.

Legal documents show that the company was repeatedly warned by its own employees, as well as outsiders, about a dangerous loophole that eventually led to the massive data breach in September 2018.

Despite this, the loophole remained open for nine months after it was first raised, leading employees to later speak of their “guilt” at knowing the attack “could have been prevented”...

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